Saturday, May 12, 2012
I had not been following the chess world's highest level since Kasparov had retired from the professional chess.   Co-incidentally, the retirement was followed by the demised of Bobby Fischer and as regard to Anatoly Karpov, he is no longer active nor as strong as he used to be in 80's and 90's. These 3 figures had been my aspiration to learn and play chess. Nevertheless, I try to revive my interest by following the current world chess championship between Anand and his new challenger, Gelfand.

Below is the game no.1 which I took from

[Event "WCC (1) Moscow"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2012.05.11"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Black "Gelfand, Boris"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D85"]
[WhiteElo "2791"]
[BlackElo "2727"]
[Annotator "IM Malcolm Pein"]
[PlyCount "48"]
[EventDate "2012.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2012.05.11"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 
{A slight surprise and very combative. Anand played the Gruenfeld in game one against Topalov in 2010 and was crushed after he forgot his theory}
4. Nf3 Bg7 5. cxd5 
(5. Bg5)
 (5. Qb3 {are trendy but the Exchange Variation remains the main battleground})

 5... Nxd5 6. e4 Nxc3 7. bxc3 c5 8. Bb5+ {A surprise because it's thought to be fairly
harmless although Vishy has played it before. I guess the Gruenfeld might be a
slight surprise so Vishy playing it safe}
(8. Be3)
(8. Rb1 {Are the challenging continuations})

 8... Nc6 9. d5 {A real surprise}
(9. O-O cxd4 10. cxd4 O-O 11. Be3 Bg4 12. Bxc6 bxc6 13. Rc1 Qa5 {Is standard and is sometimes a GM drawing line}

14. Rxc6 Qxa2 15. Rc7 Qe6 16.h3 Qd6 17. Rc5 Bxf3 18. Qxf3 e6 19. e5 {Amber Rapid 1999 is an edge for White. Black's bishop is blocked out and the 'a' pawn potentially weak rather than

9... Qa5 10. Rb1 a6 
(10... Bxc3+ {I think Pein-Forintos went this way at the Benedictine International in 1982. Don't remember too much and probably have the year wrong as well. I know this much, I lost ..})

11. Bxc6+ bxc6 12.O-O ! {Of course to extract anything White must continue in gambit style} Qxa2
13. Rb2 Qa5 14. d6 Ra7 ({This seems to solve Black's problems. After} 14... Qd8
15. e5 {or} (15. Bf4 Bxc3 16. Rb1 Bg7 17. e5 {Black could come under pressure
although computers are as ever relaxed about it all}))

 15. Bg5 
(15. Bf4 {Looked sharper if only because the best Black responses look a little risky
even if they are OK. Now Gelfand has a clear path to safety or perhapsmore}

Rd7 16. Ne5 (16. Rb8 O-O 17. dxe7 Rxe7 18. Bd6 Rd7 19. e5 Qxc3 20. Qa4 {
Is perhaps quite risky for the first game!})

16... Rxd6 17. Qc2 O-O! 18. Nc4 Qxc3 19. Bxd6 exd6 20. Qxc3 Bxc3 21. Rc2 Bd4 22. Nxd6 Be6 {
Must be fine for Black}) 15... exd6 16. Qxd6 Rd7 17. Qxc6 Qc7 {The safest move.
If Black can castle and exchange queens he has the two bishops and a passed
'a' pawn}

18. Qxc7 Rxc7 19. Bf4 Rb7 20. Rc2 O-O 21. Bd6 Re8 22. Nd2 (22. e5 Bf5)

22... f5 ({if Boris wanted to press then perhaps} 22... Bd7 23. Bxc5 Rc8
24. Bd6 Rxc3 {is good for Black})

(22... Bd7 23. Ra1 f5)

23. f3 fxe4 24. Nxe4 Bf5 

(24... Bf5 25. Re1 {[%emt 0:00:14] The threat to c5 probably forces Black to take on e4 and then there is not much in it so a fair result. A good result
for Boris, a draw with Black and Vishy was even under pressure for a while as
his long think on move}) 1/2-1/2

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